Have you ever shared a blanket with a god?
Nights with America's Next Top Model reruns
Spilled nail polish on the carpet
The bottle we bought at the 7 Mile Fashion next to the Savers with the broken sign
The one that shares a parking lot with that city housing building, that tax place, and the Chinese restaurant that people keep driving through the window of
The one by the pool I sweat youth in
The one where my mom saw a deer the morning of her wedding
The one across Hiawatha from the police station that got burned when they murdered George Floyd
The one next to the Target that got looted where I bought my nephews first swimsuit
The one where Uma let me have a dollar box of animal crackers in if I was really REALLY good
"Has she never been to the jungle?"
When we stood under a tree
One I wasn't introduced to small
As it rained on one side
Drops and sunshine
But not the other side
How could I not have broken open the constellation in your palm?
Playing with sunset & Dawn
YOU WANT WILD?
You want your definition of wild, you don't want mine.
Mine ate yours.
Told her party was a cage
Mine told me it dreamt of FERAL
She drew her nightmares on the wall with the hair of people she regretted hurting
I think of Shel Silverstein
Mulberry street feet & tree houses with no tree
Red postbox with no address
Post hole silver maples
Fearless squirrels on fences that shouldn't sag
The day the hydrant opened up & our street was a sprinkler
What color did you spray your hair for the Kings Fair?
Cedar & Lake & Hiawatha
Puppets & porches
That elm that's on that corner
A cardinal you sing to in the neighbors tree
Maybe I whistled back a few times.
// Minneapolis is my childhood home. The violence & oppression happening there (and everywhere else in the US) by the police, and its military occupation are completely unacceptable.
If you are able, please donate. Brooklyn Center and Minneapolis schools have an immediate need for donations & supplies, as well as the families of Dante Wright (21, Brooklyn Center, Minneapolis) and Adam Toledo (13, Chicago).